The Nuremberg Castle (in German Nürnberger Burg) is one of the most prominent medieval fortifications in Germany and one could say even in Europe. Some sources say that the castle is representing the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the German Nation.
The stone part of Krämerbrücke was built in 1325 but the houses located there have continuously been inhabited during the past 500 years – longer than any other bridge in Europe! If not for the modern outfits of passers-by, you could actually feel a little like you are still living in traditional medieval German city.
Who doesn’t think of Tuscany when they hear of hills and vineyards? The interesting thing is that it is not just the wineries that are built on the hills – the cities take advantage of the terrain. Siena is one of them – you could walk through the old town and enjoy the view of the sights from a distance.
When you visit the Urbino old town, it may seem like a travel back in time. If you look on the buildings and ignore modern outfits of people passing by, the posters, café umbrellas, you can feel like a time traveller visiting on a summer’s day, that is 500 years ago. This is the impression one could have, especially when you visit the square in front of the Urbino Cathedral.
Urbino in Marche region in Italy, is one of the hidden gems for history lovers. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and now belongs to one of my favourite Italian towns. The old town is known for many medieval ensembles and occupying the remains of the independent Renaissance culture. Today it is recognized as a student town.
In the Aljaferia Palace, I enjoyed the connection of the styles the most. Though the Islamic palace has a very characteristic interior, with mixtilinear arcs and arabesque on large surfaces, this courtyard reminded me of a more gothic style. As I learned later, the name of this courtyard is Patio de San Martin.
During our walk around the walls of Dubrovnik, I noticed that old-style boat. I realized that it perfectly fits the medieval landscape. Although it appeared to be a touristic boat, that didn’t decrease the charm of the scene. So I pointed the camera with zoom lens to that direction and I shot this photo, which reminds me more of some renaissance painting rather than a picture from a modern Croatian city.
The Aljafería Palace is the only fortified Islamic palace that dates to the middle ages. The construction works of the palace have been completed in the second half of the 11th century. Being a very well preserved place, today it serves as headquarter of the Aragonese Parliament.
The back of the Cathedral in Wroclaw, also known as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which was built between 1244 and 1341. Nowadays it is one of the most important historic buildings in the fourth largest city of Poland. Its two illuminated church spires ascend above the dome like two needles.
The palace is built on foundation walls of a tower house, which dates back to the Moorish Kingdom in the 9th century. The original building has been expanded and altered many times since its establishment during the Taifa Kingdom in 1065. Especially after the recapture by the catholic kings in 1118 its design was remarkably influenced by the immigrating Muslims and their renowned Mudejar style.